Announcing the Harvey's Gang Teddy Contest winner
Last month we put out a call for members to share Harvey's Gang stories for a chance to win the Teddy on April's cover of The Biomedical Scientist. A huge thank you to Rebecca and everyone who submitted for sharing their incredible Harvey's Gang stories and experiences!
The trustees of Harvey's Gang selected Rebecca's entry as the winner, saying it "encompassed everything that Harvey's Gang strives to achieve". They were blown away by all the participants with Harvey's Mum saying "WOW WOW WOW! These are amazing entries and each give a different perspective for a Harvey’s Gang tour and because of that it is very difficult to choose a winner."
For her entry, Rebecca shared her experience touring Emilia, a young ALL patient, along with her parents and brother Billy around the lab - see her story below.
Rebecca responded to being chosen,
"The Harvey’s Gang tours are a real pleasure to be a part of. We love showing our little VIP’s where their samples go and how we analyse them. It's also a great opportunity for the parent’s, siblings and patients to ask questions such as why does it take so long for the blood to be prepared? or how do you know that’s the right result?. It also gives the laboratory teams an opportunity to talk to the patients and families. We’ve noticed when we have Harvey’s Gang visits, there’s a real lift in the staff morale ... We can’t wait until we can start the tours up again once COVID-19 restrictions are relaxed, we will definitely get our next Harvey’s Gang visitor to name the Teddy!"
Congrats Rebecca, we hope the teddy brings smiles to your Harvey's Gang tours in the future!
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Rebecca shares her Harvey's Gang story
Rebecca Whitehouse from Manchester University NHS Foundation Trust submitted this wonderful poster sharing Harvey's Gang stories from the Division of Laboratory Medicine. Rebecca also shares Emilia's story visiting the lab with Harvey's Gang.